Perfect Homemade Instant Pot Dinner Rolls — If you’re tired of waiting for traditional dinner rolls to rise and bake in the oven, look no further than Instant Pot Dinner Rolls.
These rolls require minimal prep and rise in just a fraction of the time, thanks to the steamy environment provided by the Instant Pot.
The Best Instant Pot Homemade Dinner Rolls
Instant Pot Dinner Rolls are amazing and easy to make. They are the perfect side dish for any meal. These might be the best thing I have ever made in my Instant Pot.
Today, I will teach you how to make a great Instant Pot Dinner roll batch; these are perfect for the upcoming holiday season or just a great recipe to try out in your new pressure cooker. These homemade rolls are light, fluffy, and absolutely mouth-watering. The texture is amazing, and they are so awesome with a smear of butter.
Making fluffy rolls and homemade bread has never been easier!
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Dinner Rolls
If you’re looking for a simple and delicious way to add bread to your dinner table, look no further than these Instant Pot dinner rolls. Made with a few simple ingredients, these might be the best dinner rolls you have ever had!
Remember the step-by-step directions and detailed ingredient list are below in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, as well as the nutritional information.
- All-Purpose Flour: The foundation of the rolls, all-purpose flour provides structure and ensures a soft texture inside while being slightly crusty outside.
- Warm Water: Activates the yeast, helping the dough rise to achieve that fluffy consistency dinner rolls are known for.
- Active Dry Yeast: This fermenting agent is crucial for making the dough rise, giving the rolls their characteristic airy and light texture.
- Sugar: Adds a hint of sweetness to balance the savory notes and also helps activate the yeast.
- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the rolls and contrasts subtly with the sugar.
- Melted Butter: Adds richness and moisture to the rolls while giving them a delightful buttery taste.
- Egg (optional): Some recipes use an egg to provide additional richness and color to the rolls.
How To Make Dinner Rolls In Instant Pot
Using the Instant Pot Method, you can make yeast rolls in minutes! Below are the step-by-step directions.
Step One: Proof The Yeast
Combine yeast, sugar, and about 1/3 cup lukewarm water in a cup or a glass. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.
Step Two: Mix The Dough
Combine the flour, salt, and yeast in the Instant Pot. Start mixing with a wooden spoon. Add the olive oil and continue stirring. Little by little, add the remaining water. Mix until a soft and not too sticky dough forms. Knead it with a hand shortly to ensure all the flour is evenly absorbed.
Step Three: First Rise In The Instant Pot
Dough Forms: Make a ball shape from the dough and leave it in the Instant Pot. Cover with the pot’s glass lid, plastic wrap, or a plate: you don’t need to use the pressure lid.
Step Four: Proof The Dough
Press the yogurt button and set it to 60 minutes at “normal.” Make sure it is not on “boil”! When the program is over, the dough should have at least doubled its size.
Step Five: Shape The Rolls
Divide the dough into 12 parts. Knead each part gently and then extend it on your hand. Wrap the sides, creating a roll with the wrapped size down. This step would make the bread puffier.
Finished Rolling The Dinner Rolls
Step Six: Rise Again
Arrange the rolls into a rectangular pan (7 x 11 inch or similar) lined with parchment paper. Let them sit for 15 minutes in the oven with just the light on.
Step Seven: Baking
Brush the rolls with the lightly beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 390 degrees F/ 200 degrees C or until the tops become golden.
Pro Tips For Easy Dinner Rolls
- Check Yeast Freshness: Ensure your active dry yeast is fresh. If it doesn’t froth during the proofing stage, it might be expired, and you’ll need a new batch.
- Avoid Over-Kneading: Over-kneading can result in dense rolls. Knead just until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Ensure Correct Water Temperature: The water should be warm, not hot ideally, between 100°F-110 degrees F (37°C-43°C). Too hot can kill the yeast; too cold and it might not activate the yeast.
- Space Rolls Properly: When placing the dough balls in the baking dish, leave space between them for the second rise. They should have room to expand without overcrowding.
- Cover During Second Rise: Use a clean kitchen towel to cover the rolls during the second rise to prevent them from drying out.
- Customize Flavors: Feel free to add rosemary, thyme, or even garlic powder to the dough for flavored dinner rolls.
- Instant Pot Seal: Make sure the Instant Pot lid is set to ‘Venting’ during the rising process to avoid building up any pressure.
- Brush with Egg Wash: For a shinier, golden-brown finish, brush the rolls with an egg wash (1 beaten egg with 1 tablespoon of water) before baking.
- Monitor Baking Time: Keep an eye on your rolls as ovens vary. They should be golden brown on top when done.
- Cooling: Allow the rolls to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes after baking to prevent them from becoming soggy at the bottom.
With these pro tips, your Instant Pot dinner rolls will surely be a hit at your next meal or gathering!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Yes, you can use whole wheat flour, but remember that the texture and taste will be different. You might need to adjust the liquid content slightly, as whole wheat flour can be more absorbent.
My yeast didn’t froth during proofing. What went wrong?
The yeast might be old or expired, or the water temperature might have been too hot or cold. Make sure the water is between 100°F-110°F (37°C-43°C), and always check the shelf life or expiration date on your yeast packet.
Can I make the dough ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can make the dough a day ahead; let it rise first, then refrigerate. When you’re ready to bake, remove from the fridge, shape the rolls, let them do the second rise, and bake as directed.
Why are my dinner rolls dense?
This can be due to over-kneading, not allowing enough rise time, or using old yeast.
How long can I store the baked dinner rolls?
The rolls are best consumed fresh. However, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature. For longer storage, consider freezing.
Can I freeze the dough for later use?
After the first rise, shape the rolls and place them on a baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a zip-top bag and store in the freezer for up to a month. When ready to bake, allow them to thaw and do a second rise before baking.
Do I need to adjust the recipe for high altitudes?
High-altitude baking can be tricky. You might need to increase the liquid, reduce the yeast, and potentially adjust the baking time, rising time, and temperature.
Can I add fillings or other flavors to the rolls?
Definitely! Add herbs, garlic butter, cheese, garlic, or even fillings like jam or chocolate for a sweet twist.
Do I need the ‘Yogurt’ setting on my Instant Pot for this recipe?
The ‘Yogurt’ setting provides a consistently warm environment for rising. If your Instant Pot doesn’t have this setting, you can let the dough rise in a warm spot in your kitchen or use the ‘Keep Warm’ setting but monitor closely to ensure it doesn’t get too warm.
How do I know when the rolls are fully baked?
The rolls should be golden brown on top, and when tapped, they should sound hollow. An internal temperature reading of about 190°F (88°C) is also a good indicator.
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Instant Pot Dinner Rolls
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cup water, lukewarm
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar, white or brown
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large egg, beaten
- In a cup or a glass combine yeast, sugar and about 1/3 cup lukewarm water. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes.
- In the Instant Pot combine the flour, salt and the yeast mixture. Start mixing with a wooden spoon. Add the olive oil and continue stirring. Little by little add the remaining water. Mix until a soft and not too sticky dough forms. Knead it with a hand shortly, to make sure all the flour is evenly absorbed.
- Make a ball out of the dough and leave it in the Instant Pot. Cover with the glass lid of the pot or with a plate: you don’t need to use the pressure lid.
- Press the yogurt button and set to 60 minutes at “normal”. Make sure it is not on “boil”!
- When the program is over, the dough should have at least doubled its size.
- Divide the dough in 12 parts. Knead each part gently and then extend it on your hand. Wrap the sides, creating a roll with the wrapped size down. This step would make the bread puffier.
- Arrange the rolls into a rectangular pan (7 x 11 inch or similar), lined with parchment paper. Let them sit for 15 minutes in the oven with just the light on.
- Brush the rolls with the lightly beaten egg. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 390 degrees F/ 200 degrees C or until the tops start becoming golden.
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- Parchment Paper
What are Instant Pot Dinner Rolls? Instant Pot Dinner Rolls are soft, fluffy, and delicious bread rolls made using the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. They are a quick and easy way to enjoy freshly baked dinner rolls without using the oven.
Can I use regular yeast instead of instant yeast? Yes, you can use regular active dry yeast instead of instant yeast, but the rising time may be slightly longer. Activate the yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar before adding it to the dough.
Can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it? Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance, cover it tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before shaping and cooking the rolls.
How long do Instant Pot Dinner Rolls take to cook? Cooking time varies, but it typically takes about 20-25 minutes to cook the dinner rolls in the Instant Pot.
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour? Yes, you can use whole wheat flour or a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour for a healthier version of the dinner rolls.
Do I need to grease the Instant Pot before cooking the rolls? To prevent sticking, lightly grease the Instant Pot insert or line it with parchment paper before placing the rolls inside.
Can I add herbs or cheese to the dough for extra flavor? Absolutely! You can customize the dinner rolls by adding herbs like rosemary, thyme, or garlic powder to the dough. You can also add shredded cheese for a cheesy variation.
Can I use the Instant Pot’s Yogurt mode to proof the dough? Yes, you can use the Yogurt mode on the Instant Pot to proof the dough. Set it to “Less” or “Normal” for a warm environment to help the dough rise.
What should the texture of the dough be before cooking? The dough should be soft, smooth, and slightly sticky to the touch. Avoid adding too much flour, as it can result in dense dinner rolls.
How do I store leftover Instant Pot Dinner Rolls? Allow the rolls to cool completely, then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Reheat them briefly in the microwave or oven before serving.